Memoirs of a geisha : a novel
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New York : Vintage Books, 1999.
ISBN
0679781587, 9780679781585
Lexile measure
1000L
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1000L
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Edition
Vintage contemporaries edition.
Physical Desc
434 pages ; 21 cm
Language
Accelerated Reader
UG
Level 6.5, 31 Points
Lexile measure
1000

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The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves. A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction-at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful-and completely unforgettable.
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1000L,Lexile
Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader AR,UG,6.5,31.0,44554.
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Reading Counts RC,High School,8.5,38,Quiz: 23937,Guided reading level: NR.
Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader AR,UG,6.5,31,44554.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Golden, A. (1999). Memoirs of a geisha: a novel. Vintage contemporaries edition. New York: Vintage Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Golden, Arthur, 1957-. 1999. Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel. New York: Vintage Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Golden, Arthur, 1957-, Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel. Vintage contemporaries edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1999. Print.

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